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Old 03-14-2012, 08:15 PM   #181
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Cleveland Browns Rumors: Talks for Houston Texans RB Ben Tate Surface


It's been just over six hours since the start of the new NFL year and free agency, and the Cleveland Browns seem to be a non-destination for all the top names available.

However, an ESPN Cleveland post surfaced saying the Browns may engage in talks with the Houston Texans about running back Ben Tate.

Having let Peyton Hillis walk into free agency, Cleveland could use an upgrade at RB with Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbannaya on the roster. Not the depth the front office obviously has confidence in, since acquiring Tate would most likely be in the form of a trade as he is still under contract.

Further details were not available at the time this article was published and nothing has been confirmed by any other sources either.

This would be an interesting move by Cleveland, and shows that Tate could have been their target in the 2010 NFL Draft. After the Texans took Tate in the second round, the Browns suddenly panicked and traded back into the second round to grab Hardesty. This is all an assumption, but if the Browns' pursuit of Tate is true, it makes it a pretty good one right now.

In the end, Cleveland needs to make some moves in the offseason to help regain the confidence of its fan base, who have seen their team sit quietly in free agency the past two offseasons under the current regime. And after remaining relatively quiet on Day 1, nothing would wake the fans up like a trade for a 23-year old coming off a 900-yard-plus season.

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This is the kind of move that would make me content on this free agent period. From my vantage point, Tate is a rather sizable upgrade going forward over Hillis, especially in the West Coast Offense. As always the case with Tate (or any RB), it is contingent on him staying healthy, but I've been high on this guy since his early days at Auburn.

That would be a pretty big splash and would also take Richardson out of the equation at the 4 spot (thankfully).
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:16 PM   #182
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Curtis Lofton to the Eagles (per Gerald McCoy of the Bucs )

premature as of now though, I'd love it

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:35 PM   #183
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Curtis Lofton is a real good player. Interesting to see how this effects their first round pick thought process.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:46 PM   #184
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Curtis Lofton is a real good player. Interesting to see how this effects their first round pick thought process.

It means no LB, go trenches with DT.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:55 PM   #185
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No way that happens.

I hope it happens even more now than I did before you said that. ;)


Good pick up for Philly on Lofton. Philly's LBs were about as weak as Tampa's were last year. Should be a HUGE addition. Rather him be in Philly than ATL
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It means no LB, go trenches with DT.
Michael Brockers.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:01 PM   #187
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Jaguars sign Chad Henne to a 2 year contract.
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Apparently the Gerald McCoy tweet was a "mistweet." I just read where it's not true.
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The Saints sign Guard Ben Grubbs to a 5 year/36 million dollar contract.
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The Saints sign Guard Ben Grubbs to a 5 year/36 million dollar contract.

So they essentially got a cheaper, more injury-prone Carl Nicks.

Good move since they didn't want to give Nicks that type of dough. Probably won't hurt them much switching Nicks for Grubbs, as long as he can stay healthy.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:15 AM   #191
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Bills--Mario Williams close to deal.

Would make him highest paid D player ever.
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Bills--Mario Williams close to deal.

Would make him highest paid D player ever.

They do need a pass rusher pretty badly and he would play in his natural position a 4-3 D-end. That would be a pretty good D-line with Dearious(sp?) and Williams.
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That would be a really impressive d-line.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:10 PM   #194
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All 4 they were non factors. Watch the games next time. No nightmares are had in Philly vs those two WRs you named. Keep making up stuff, like Garcon being a better addition than Vjax.

I never said he was a better addition, just that given the circumstances, I'm cool w the younger guy who's proven yet more cost effective and a great fit in the offense.

You just love to bait people with your malleable perceptions that you morph as you see fit to incite arguments becuz you are absolutely pathetic and likely get little satisfaction unless it is a confrontational setting online
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Fanane, DT that played with Bengals last year and racked up quite a few sacks, is going to be a Patriot

-Eric Steinbach released

-Brandon Lloyd and Patriots/49'ers have interest in one another

-Manningham visiting 49ers

-Tracy Porter very interested in Rams and vice versa

-Marcus McNeil and Lions interested in one another

-Winston visiting Chiefs, Rams and Dolphins
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